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Arabic DVD Region Codes

The DVD world is divided into six major geographical regions, with two additional regions reserved for specialized use.

The geographical regions are as follows:

REGION 1 -- USA, Canada
REGION 2 -- Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East, Greenland
REGION 3 -- S.Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Parts of South East Asia
REGION 4 -- Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (including Mexico)
REGION 5 -- Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Africa
REGION 6 -- China
REGION 7 -- Reserved for Unspecified Special Use
REGION 8 -- Reserved for Cruise Ships, Airlines, etc...
REGION 0 or REGION ALL -- Discs are uncoded and can be played Worldwide, however, PAL discs must be played in a PAL-compatible unit and NTSC discs must be played in an NTSC-compatible unit.

DVD Format

DVDs come in 3 formats. PAL, NTSC and SECAM. The world is divided amongst these three formats and incompatible TVs or DVD players can cause problems with playback.

For more information on PAL and NTSC, read the wikipedia pages:
PAL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL
NTSC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC
SECAM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SECAM

The Arabic Movie Industry

Most Arabic Movies and DVDs are encoded Region All since the Arabic movie industry is not yet as widely spread as US or European Movie industry and thus the need to reach wide audience the DVDs are made to played on any DVD worldwide.

BestArabic.com sell DVDs format NTSC/PAL meaning they will work on ANY DVD player in the meationed above area. Please contact us for SECAM version. Also please note that you might want to cheack your TV or DVD manual and to make sure to change the settings from NTSC or PAL to AUTO.

Nowadays (since 1998), most TVs and DVD players are multisync, meaning that it will play both NTSC or PAL format, thus all arabic dvds format will play well on these players.

Frequently asked question

I live in USA or EUROPE, will the DVDs I buy from BestArabic.com work on my TV and DVD Player?

YES, as stated above unless you live in a Secam region, ALL our DVDs will work on your TV and DVD Player, please read the above again. If you do live in a Secam region please contact us to check the avaibility of the product

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